Eating My Way Through Taiwan

My parents and I joined a tour of Taiwan for about a week. In this week, we spent many hours on the tour bus as we traveled throughout the entire country. To be honest, I don’t remember much of the sights (though I will attempt to put together something out of the pictures I took later) but I do remember the food. It was one big eating adventure.

Starting with… a snack at 7-11. This is from Japan but you can buy these little skewers at 7-11 and eat it in the store.

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This was a really delicious dinner at the hotel we stayed at – and I have to say that it was one of the best meals we had while we were in Taiwan.

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We had a flower-themed meal when we were on Alishan (famous mountain in Taiwan). Notice the flowers inside the salad here…

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… and the special flower handrolls.

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And then we got to try these special marinated eggs. I’m not a fan of eggs to be honest but these are famous for its long legacy at Sun Moon Lake.

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Then we have the special fruit – 蓮霧 – called wax apple in English. It’s got a simple and crisp taste to it.

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A standard Taiwanese meal we had that’s part of the tour package.

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And the thing that I was looking forward to most in Taiwan – night markets. I didn’t realize that some of the night markets are literally right along the main streets and you have to watch out for the cars and motorbikes going by.

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We had bubble tea, which is native to Taiwan and a must.

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Noodle soup with a special soup that’s got a long tradition. Highly recommended by our tour guide.

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Oyster pancakes. I loved the idea of them – it’s one of the things you’re supposed to eat…

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… but they poured way too much soy sauce into it. Tip for next time: ask for less soy sauce.

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Another must in Taiwan: Din Tai Fung’s xiaolongbao.

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And it only seems right that the first time I tried Chatime (bubble tea) was in Taiwan.

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And then another night market in Taiwan – 西門町 ximendeng – starting with these noodles with the crazy long line outside.

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It’s not quite Taiwanese – but I got matcha ice cream.

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And finally, mango shaved ice. Delicious!

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And my mom got bittermelon juice, which apparently isn’t too bitter cause they add something sweet to it.

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Another night market that day, starting with some dumplings.

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And then on to the scrumptious beef noodle soups.

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And then dad tried a special barbecued stinky tofu. Not really my thing.

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A Taiwanese but Japanese-inspired meal. (Trivia: the Japanese colonized Taiwan for awhile so there’s a lot of Japanese influence in Taiwan.)

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And our last meal in Taiwan – a little hole-in-the-wall place right by our hotel. Every dish was 60 Taiwanese dollars – which is less than $3 CDN. So we ordered three of them and it was delicious and so filling. Our entire meal cost less than $9!

And that’s the eating adventure. I would definitely return to Taiwan – to eat. Probably explore more of the night markets.

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